Marcus McGuane has only just moved to Barcelona but is already impressing the Spanish press.
Spanish outlet Sport [via Sport Witness], have marveled at McGuane’s ‘enormous physical power’ and versatility after the 19-year-old joined his new Barcelona B teammates in training.
“Marcus McGuane has had just a training session with Barça but has already generated many expectations,” they write.
“At Arsenal he had already played a game in the first team of Wenger with good performance. Of him they emphasise his enormous physical power and that technically he’s excellent.
“Another key to his signing is his versatility. McGuane can play defensive midfielder, midfielder, centre back or side. Undoubtedly, a multipurpose for Gerard Lopez.
“Therefore, despite his youth, everything seems to indicate he will be able to help the Barca branch in their search for salvation.”
The defensive midfielder had been at Arsenal since the age of six, so the move to Catalonia is bound to be a massive shock. However, if the teenager is already impressing in training, I’m sure the pressure will ease.
Barcelona B, who are in Segunda Division – the second tier of Spanish football – play Córdoba on Sunday and it would be great to see him feature for his new side.
The move is massive for him and the amount of Gooners annoyed that Arsenal have let the young talent leave shows how much potential he had.
It all comes down to game time, though. McGuane wasn’t getting played. He made his first team debut against BATE Borisov in the Europa League this season but only got the nod nine times in Premier League 2.
As Sport Witness point out in their report, the midfielder’s contract was set to run out at the end of the season and renewal efforts weren’t getting anywhere.
Arsenal didn’t really have a choice but to let him go if that’s what he wanted.
Hopefully, he continues to impress and show those Barca boys how it’s done and that Arsenal have a massive sell-on clause or tiny buy-back when Barcelona finally decide to ship him out.